Amethyst is a new type of mineral available in Minecraft's Caves & Cliffs update part 1. You can find large clusters of Amethyst geodes underground between Y levels 0 and 70 in the overworld. Sometimes, these even spawn partially above the surface, usually on beaches or underwater.

Though Amethyst isn't a rare find in Minecraft, it can be tricky to prise this gem out of its natural state. Here's how to farm Amethyst in Minecraft efficiently.

Minecraft Amethyst Budding
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Easiest Ways To Farm Amethyst In Minecraft

Amethyst spawns in Minecraft between levels 0 and 70, making it quite a common material in the game. However, we don't recommend players digging straight down in order to find Amethyst. Instead, try one of the following methods:

  • Build a mine: Carve your way into the underground down to level 12 or lower. This level offers a chance of getting not only Amethyst, but also Gold, Diamonds, Lapis Lazuli, Redstone, and more. You can speed up your mining process using minecarts.
  • Explore the surroundings: Amethysts geodes do spawn inside caves and ravines. Locate these in your world to skip the digging.
  • Visit the ocean: Amethyst can be found partially revealed on beaches or underwater.
Amethyst Geodes Minecraft Base
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Once you're inside the geode, be careful to only mine amethyst clusters. Look for the mature Amethyst buds that grow on budding amethyst blocks. They should drop shards when mined using a pickaxe. If you mine the entire block, no Amethyst clusters will grow anymore. Instead, mark the locations of the geodes to farm Amethyst later.

Also, make sure to have a pickaxe enchanted with Fortune. At level 3 Fortune, you can get up to 16 Amethyst shards from a single cluster. Building an automatic farm takes longer and proves to be not as efficient since a cluster only drops two shards when broken by a piston.

What Can You Make With Amethyst Shards?

Block Of Amethyst

Place 4 Amethyst shards in the crafting grid to craft a block of Amethyst. It gives off a funny sound when placed, hit by a particle, or walked on.

Farm Amethyst Shard
The entire geode is made from Amethyst blocks.


Place an Amethyst shard and two copper ingots vertically on the crafting table to make a spyglass. It's a new item that was added to Minecraft in the 1.17 update.

Spyglass recipe

Tinted Glass

Place 4 Amethyst shards and 1 glass into the crafting table to make 1 Amethyst tinted glass. It's not as transparent as the regular glass and it also blocks light from passing through.

Minecraft Tinted Glass Recipe
The tinted glass looks more subtle.

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